The History of Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil blend
Although we tend to think of Frankincense and Myrrh as representing Christmas, they actually have a much longer history than that.
Here is a historical snap-shot:
Both frankincense and myrrh are derived from the sap that is tapped from the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, respectively. The resin oozes from the tree and is left to harden and then scraped off the trunk of the tree; it may then be used in its dried form or steamed to make essential oils. The shrubby trees that produce these essential oils are native to the Arabian Peninsula and regions of northeast Africa. Both substances are edible and were often chewed like gum. They are also extremely fragrant, particularly when burned, with myrrh producing a piney, bitter odour and frankincense giving off a sweet, citrusy scent.
Both frankincense (also known as olibanum) and myrrh have been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for over 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians bought large amounts filling their entire boats of the resins from the Phoenicians and used them in incense, perfume, balms for wounds and sores and insect repellent. They were similarly key ingredients in the embalming process. It is also believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned them during their religious ceremonies.
According to the Hebrew Bible, frankincense and myrrh were elements of the holy incense ritual burning in Jerusalem’s sacred temples during ancient times. The ancient Romans and Greeks also imported considerable amounts of the resins, to burned as incense, use during cremations, and take for a wide variety of complaints. By this time, medical practitioners recognised and had been documenting the benefits of Frankincense and Myrrh including; antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They were prescribed for everything from indigestion and chronic coughs to bad breath. In a time before daily bathing, people would use the sweet smoke from the resins to make themselves smell better.
So frankincense and myrrh have a colourful history being desired for personal, religious and medicinal uses.
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